Volleyball Sweeps Loomis And Central

The PA Volleyball team continued to add wins to its undefeated season with two wins this week to improve the record to 7-0. PA swept a formidable Loomis team on Saturday 3-0 and crushed Central Catholic’s JV team 3-0 on Tuesday. The Blue traveled to Loomis last Saturday hungry for a win. As usual, the dominating duo of Co-Captains Howie Kalter ’07 and Alex Schwartz ’07 once again controlled the game with hits that were just too hard for the opponents to return. Kalter finished off the match with 12 kills while Schwartz added ten kills of his own. The offensive cornerstone Peter Yao ’07 once again generated most of the teams scoring. Yao totaled 27 assists during the match. The strong defensive stand presented by PA throughout the match was the deciding factor for the Blue’s win over Loomis. Led by Ekow Essel ’07 and Schwartz, the defense returned scorching hits from the other team and set the ball into good positions to be returned. Essel recorded eight stuffs and was 14 for 15 for blocks while Schwartz had seven stuffs and was nine for nine on blocks. Jeff Bakkensen ’06 also contributed to the defense going three for five on blocks. The defense saved many points for the Blue which eventually became the deciding factor. Loomis pulled ahead early during the first game to a 24-16 lead. Refusing to let a small deficit pull them down, the Blue rallied to within two points. Six straight serves by Wesley Mui ’06, who was 14 for 15 serves with one ace, brought the score to 22-24. The game continued to go back and forth between the two teams until Loomis pulled ahead 29-31. The Blue stopped Loomis from scoring the game point and took control. Jonathan Lee ’07 served out the game and the Blue won with a score of 31-29. Lee was four of six on serves and had one kill. PA took the moment gained from the first game and channeled it into the second game. The Blue pounded Loomis for the entire game and won at a score of 30-15. Impressive serving was seen from James McGuiness ’08 during this game. McGuiness had one ace and was 11 for 12 for serving during the entire match. Loomis came alive during the third game which proved to be as close and exciting as the first one. Loomis pulled ahead to a 5-0 lead but PA’s offense once again rallied. Jason Zhu ’07 served eight straight to give PA an 18-14 lead. Zhu was 10 for 10 on serves for the match. Refusing to fall, Loomis fought back to 20-21, but the Blue pulled out in the end. Alex Svec ’08 served four straight to increase PA’s lead to 26-22. The Blue never let up and eventually won the game 30-27. The Blue will travel to Choate this Saturday for a rematch of its closest game of the season. Choate promises to play a tough game and present a difficult challenge for the currently insurmountable Big Blue.